Grasping the (amazing ) nettle….

Like wasps, nettles are usually thought of as an unpleasant necessary evil of the natural world. Battered down by strimmers, poisoned by weedkiller and banished from our gardens, it’s easy to forget that – like wasps – in the natural world, everything occupies a niche and when a gap is created by us eradicating a… Continue reading Grasping the (amazing ) nettle….

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Honey in History

As we all know, sugar is the central ingredient in most types of sweet or candy. When the word is mentioned, most people think of white granulated sugar but actually, honey is the oldest form of sweetener. The practice of honey-harvesting dates back many thousands of years as is pictured in a prehistoric cave painting… Continue reading Honey in History

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In praise of the humble hedgerow

Most people pass by them in a blur, just a green line framing the country lanes that surround us here at Ffynnon Beuno in a hurry on their way to somewhere else but did you know that the 400,000 odd miles of hedgerow provide critical wildlife habitats for creatures as diverse as butterflies and bees… Continue reading In praise of the humble hedgerow

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